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  • Eventual height: 3m
  • Eventual spread: 3m

Pyracantha coccinea 'Red Star' (PBR)


5 year guarantee Perfect for pollinators
3 litre pot £19.99
3 litre pot £19.99
  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: any fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Unlike other pyracanthas, this new form has fewer thorns along the length of its stems. That makes it a lot easier to manage - without missing out on the abundance of late spring and early summer flowers, or glossy red autumn and winter berries. A showy and versatile evergreen, it offers year-round interest, and can be grown as a free-standing shrub, or tied onto a sturdy framework against a wall and use it as an alternative to a climber (they're particularly useful for a North-facing aspect). Please note that the pot in the photograph is not supplied with the plant (which is sent out in a black plastic pot). They do however make excellent potted plants, and if you wish to pot yours up, we do have a wide range of pots on our website to choose from.

  • Garden care: When planting incorporate plenty of well-rotted organic matter in to the planting hole. Prune hedges in early to mid-summer. In early spring, trim out misplaced or crossing branches on free-standing shrubs. Tie in any shoots to extend the framework of wall shrubs, and shorten branches to about 2 or 3 leaves from the base after flowering to expose the berries.